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Thursday, 17 April 2014

"A Tale Of Two Barnabys"

Issue#44: "A Tale Of Two Barnabys" 

Part One of Eight of The Doppelganger Saga

Another Barnaby is created during a freak lightning storm...

Notes and References:

The title is a reference to "A Tale Of Two Cities" written by Charles Dickens in 1859. However the story is more akin to "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1846. "The Double" tells the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, A government clerk, who encounters someone who appears to look exactly like him but much more confident. It soon transpires that the other Golyadkin is trying to take over the original's life.

This issue is part one of an eight issue saga entitled "The Doppelganger Saga" which will follow newly introduced Bartleby (The other Barnaby) as he causes mayhem and destruction in Moloch Falls in his mission to destroy Barnaby and all that he holds dear.

Bartleby is a complete genetic double of Barnaby and was somehow created via a freak lightning storm. He has slightly darker red skin, Yellow and green eyes and happens to be a complete psychopath.

The character of Bartleby has been planned from the very beginning of Barnaby and Loaker and will serve as it's first proper villain. Previously Aldbug and Cecil have filled that role within the comic however where they have limits on how far they will do, Bartleby does not.

The character's name comes from the fact that when Barnaby and Loaker first started many people would incorrectly call it "Bartleby do you pronounce Loaker?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

"Gremlins In The Moonlight"

Issue#43: "Gremlins In The Moonlight"

Barnaby and Loaker do a little stargazing...

Notes and References:

This issue, like some of the other Barnaby and Loaker stories, is partially based on real events from my life. Barnaby mentions how their grandfather told them some of the star signs in the night sky. This happens to be one of my earliest half remembered memories of my own grandad. I think at the time I was too busy playing with my torch and running around with my brother but clearly something stuck.

Orion's Belt, Also known as The Belt of Orion, is one of the easiest asterism (a collection of stars linking or part of one or more constellations) to spot in the early evenings. It consists of three evenly spaced bright stars which are known as Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. The belt is only part of the actual constellation of Orion.

The header in this issue is based on the same header as issue#13 "Of Barnaby and Loaker" which is in turn based on the 1993 penguin published "Of Mice and Men" cover written by John Steinbeck.

Feigenbaum appears as the face in the moon. This is partly based on the 1902 french silent film "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" (A trip to the moon) by Georges Méliès.

The tree that appears in the story features one of the "KD-4-BB" wood carvings by Kathy Dudbert which was later destroyed by Aldbug Lobings in issue#32 "Aldbug Lobings Hates Barnaby Banks"

Thursday, 3 April 2014

"Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men"

Issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men"

Beauregarde claims the garden for his own....

 Notes and References:

This issue features the return of Beauregarde, The grumpy bunny from issue#37: "Barnaby and Beauregarde" as well as the Mole-Men characters who were last seen in issue#10: "Barnaby and Loaker VS The Mole-Men". It also has Bancroft, Who was last seen in his superhero costume during issue#38: "Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder".

The title is a direct reference to the last Mole-Men strip. The Mole-Men were initially inspired by Marvel Comic's Fantastic Four supervillain The Mole Man.

Barnaby continues to refer to Beauregarde as "Snowy" and Beauregarde continues to call Barnaby "that weird kid with the fangs".

Thursday, 27 March 2014

"The Gremlin Club" Part Two

Issue#41: "The Gremlin Club" Part Two

Loaker looks set for another couple of weeks worth of detentions....

Notes and References:

This issue is the final part of a series influenced and inspired by "The Breakfast Club" directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Antony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The film focuses on the lives of five very different high school students as they spend a day in detention with their strict yet apathetic teacher.

This issue follows on from the previous issue in that it reenacts a scene from the movie. This issue shows Loaker arguing with his teacher Mr. Alighieri and earning himself and his brother a few more detentions each. In the movie "The Breakfast Club", bad boy student John Bender does the very same with Mr. Vernon.

Feigenbaum appears in the header, striking a pose to the lyrics from "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds. This is again taken from a scene in the movie where John Bender does the very same thing just before the end credits.

Mr. Alighieri makes his third appearance with this issue.

Barnaby uses the line "This is all your fault!"- a line which he has previously used on Loaker way back in issue#2: "Are You There God? It's Barnaby and Loaker"

Thursday, 20 March 2014

"The Gremlin Club" Part One

Issue#40: "The Gremlin Club"

Part One Following last week's issue, The gang are all in detention with Mr. Alighieri. Barnaby tries to get them out of it with a recognisable speech...

Notes and References:

This issue is directly inspired by "The Breakfast Club", A coming of age 80s movie by John Hughes (one of my favourite movies of all time). It even has a direct quote from the moving essay that the main characters of the movie leave for their teacher at the end of the film. Although this issue plays about with the dynamics of the group and the quotation.

The title image is a direct reference to the poster of "The Breakfast Club".

This is second part of a trilogy of issues that fall under "The Gremlin Club trilogy".

This is the second appearance of Mr. Alighieri, Who originally appeared in issue#31: "The Further Desolation of Moloch by Loaker Banks".

Thursday, 13 March 2014

"The Usual Suspects"

Issue#39: "The Usual Suspects"

Fletcher Welles School has been paint bombed in a class prank and the usual suspects are Barnaby Banks, Loaker Banks, Kathy Dudbert, Emily Hair and Aldbug Lobings....but which one of them is truly responsible?

Notes and References: 

This issue is inspired and named after the award winning 1995 crime thriller "The Usual Suspects" directed by Bryan Singer and starring Kevin Spacey and Gabriel Byrne. The film focuses on five con men who are at odds with the police and more importantly a master criminal whose real identity is shrouded in secrecy and mystery. The header of this issue is a play on the film's poster where each main character is put in front of a police line up. Their poses and facial expressions have been replicated here as well.

This is the first "appearance" of Fletcher Welles School's principal who interrogates the five characters. It is the second issue to feature the school in any such way, The first issue being #23 "Aldbug and Cecil".

Barnaby Banks is a victim of "random interrogation" from the Principal and is suspected due to some misguided belief that Gremlins are a mischievous lot.

Kathy Dudbert becomes one of the five suspects due to her tree carving and other acts of "damaging public property" in her quest to ensnare her true love.

Aldbug Lobings is the school bad boy and is a common suspect whenever trouble arises. For some unknown reason his brother Cecil Lobings is not a suspect in this prank.

Emily Hair is a suspect due to her love of colour and paint.

Loaker is a suspect due to his habit of destroying things and his apparent "silent treatment" leads to all five suspects being given detention.

This is the first issue which has "To Be Continued..." instead of simply ending. This is down to issue#39 being part one of three issues that fall under a storyline called "The Gremlin Club Saga" which will conclude in issue#41.

This issue is one of the longer issues of Barnaby and Loaker mainly because it serves the story but also because several readers have asked for longer issues recently. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

"Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder"

Issue#38: "Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder"

Moloch Falls has some new superheroes....

Notes and References: 

This is the first issue to feature Barnaby and Bancroft's superhero aliases Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder. They may reappear in later issues.

This issue features Barnaby(Super-Gremlin), Bancroft(The Bald Wonder), Rupert the grem-bat, Feigenbaum and Loaker.

This is the first issue in which Barnaby identifies himself as a gremlin instead of a normal human boy. Although this could merely be a coincidence when he created the superhero identity.

The colour of Barnaby's superhero outfit is purposely similar to that of his hero Rooster Thompson's outfit.